The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said a man identified as Pablo Pintueles Hernandez allegedly grabbed a 4-year-old boy by the wrist and tried to walk away with him in Lehigh Acres, Florida.
A family member pulled the child back.
Deputies reviewed the store’s video, and less than an hour later, they arrested the suspect at his home.
He has been charged with alleged false imprisonment of a child.
Lee County Sheriff’s Office Press Release
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“Utilizing the latest and greatest technology is key to solving crimes quickly and efficiently,” stated Sheriff Carmine Marceno. “The teamwork displayed during this incident from our Communications, Patrol, Real Time Intelligence Center, and Major Crimes Unit is unmatched. Their dedication to the safety of our citizens is the reason why this man is behind bars, at the Marceno Motel.”
On December 29th deputies responded to a Walmart in Lehigh Acres in reference to an attempted kidnapping.
Upon arrival, deputies learned a man, later identified as Pablo Pintueles Hernandez, attempted to take a 4-year-old child away from his family by grabbing the child and walking away with him.
Deputies immediately reviewed the surveillance footage and confirmed an unknown man walked up to the child shopping with his family, grabbed his wrist, and forced him to go in his direction before a family member intervened and pulled the child back.
Deputies tirelessly worked alongside our Real Time Intelligence Center Analysts to identify the suspect. Together, analysts and deputies utilized advanced technology to quickly identify and locate Pintueles Hernandez. Within an hour of the incident, deputies responded to the residence of Pintueles Hernandez where his identity was confirmed.
Due to the nature of the crime, our Major Crimes Unit detectives responded to the home and began investigating.
Through investigative techniques, detectives learned Pintueles Hernandez did grab the child’s wrist, pull him, and state “let’s go,” restraining the child’s movement and directing him to walk with him.
Detectives established probable cause to arrest Pintueles Hernandez for False Imprisonment of a Child 13 Years Old and Under.
“What this criminal did is incredibly disturbing,” stated Sheriff Carmine Marceno. “I never want anyone in Lee County to feel unsafe, especially going on a simple shopping trip. My team will stop at NOTHING to ensure criminals like this face the consequences of their actions.”